SAN ANTONIO – David Lee Garza y Los Musicales have been performing for over 40 years, producing dozens of albums and racking up award after award.
Garza and his brothers, Adam and Richard, all grew up playing music in Poteet. It was their father, Tony, who they said influenced them.
“There was always music in our house,” David Lee Garza said. “My dad learned how to play the guitar at a a real young age.”
From there, Tony Garza would learn other instruments and then teach his sons.
“I said to him, ‘I need more of a challenge, Dad,’ and he went to the closet and brought out an accordion,” David Lee Garza said.
His father proceeded to teach Garza one song. After that, he was hooked, and ended up becoming the leader of the Grammy-winning David Lee Garza y Los Musicales, one of the most celebrated acts in the Conjunto style.
Fittingly, Garza, his brothers and father will all be inducted into the Tejano Conjunto Festival Hall of Fame this weekend.
The Garza brothers were stunned when the call came this year and said they appreciate the honor.
“It still hasn’t set in yet,” David Lee Garza said.
This year’s festival will not only include the hall of fame gala but dozens of bands will be performing throughout the week.
“We want to continue showcasing the best of Conjunto music in the state of Texas and the world, really,” Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center executive director Christina Balli said. “The tradition is really rooted here in San Antonio and South Texas, so we are going ton continue showcasing those bands everybody expects.”
As for the Garza family, they said music is all they know.
They will continue doing what they love for as long as they can, and keeping Tejano and Conjunto music alive.
“That’s where Conjunto started, right here in San Antonio, and it’s not going anywhere,” David Lee Garza said.
The Tejano Conjunto Festival begins Wednesday and runs through Sunday.
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